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Technology innovations to exceed Milsatcom requirements

12 - 13 June 2019 | RAF Club: London

CPD 18 hours
 

Conference programme - 12 June 2019

Wednesday 12 June 2019

08:30

Registration and refreshments

09:00

IET and Chairman’s welcome & introduction

Dave Davis, MBE, Technical Director, VT iDirect

09:10

Keynote: Defence Space and the need for MilSatCom capabilities

  • The next generation capability strategy
  • MilSATCOM delivery within a UK Defence context
  • Requirements for Future Beyond Line of Sight (FBLOS)
  • Moving towards a resilient, protected and assured worldwide X-band, UHF and wider communications capabilities to enable information superiority for UK Force Elements in the delivery of Defence Tasks and Contingent Operations

Captain RN David Moody, Deputy Head of Space, HQ Joint Forces Command, MOD, UK

10:00

The UK’s Civil Space Strategy Post-Brexit: Implications for Milsatcoms and GovSatComs

Space industry is a high growth, high productivity sector where the UK punches above its weight, contributing some £14bn (and supporting £250bn) to UK economy and employing 39,000 people. This presentation will outline the UK’s vision for growth in the space sector over the next decade and the Post-Brexit implications for Milsatcoms and prospects of GovSatComs

Michael Rudd, Head of Telecommunications Strategy, UK Space Agency, UK
Vanda Green, GovSatCom Policy Lead, UK Space Agency, UK

10:30

Refreshments, networking and exhibition

11:00

ESA GovSatcoms Programme - first implementation lessons and implications

The ESA Govsatcom Precursor programme develops new security solutions and services in partnership with European satellite operators and service providers. It lays the groundwork for Govsatcom, an initiative that will pool and share relevant governmental and commercial satellite solutions to provide guaranteed access to satellite communications when and where they are needed most.

Hermann Ludwig Moeller, Head of Institutional and European Programmes Office, Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications,
European Space Agency Headquarters, France

11:30

GovSat Secure Satcom Service - one year in

Luxembourg has joined the Milsatcom club following the successful launch of GovSat-1 on 31st January, 2018. We will describe the design journey that led to the capability going live in March 2018 and update on the operational evolution of the GovSat system. This was achieved in a 3-year timeline and we will explore how GovSat is looking at future developments

Paul Wells, Vice President Government Satellite Communications, GovSat, Luxembourg

12:00

Panel discussion: Brexit impact on UK Defence (GovSatcom and Milsatcoms): what will have to change?

  • Strategies in place for securing UK’s sovereignty in Milsatcoms and GovSatcoms: working in collaboration with international organisations (ESA, EDA), government and national critical infrastructure operators
  • Mitigating implications of Brexit on the UK Satcoms Industry: how will Brexit affect GovSatcoms international pulling and sharing arrangements?
  • ESA GovSatcoms Programme first implementation lessons and implications
  • Anticipating the impact on operational processes

Hermann Ludwig Moeller, Head of Institutional and European Programmes Office, Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications,
European Space Agency Headquarters, France
Paul Wells, Vice President Government Satellite Communications, GovSat, Luxembourg
Ralph Thiele, President, EuroDefense, Germany
Vanda Green, GovSatCom Policy Lead, UK Space Agency, UK

12:45

Lunch, networking and exhibition

13:45

Airbus Keynote - technical view of future MILSATCOM / Skynet 6

A discussion on the considerations for the Future UK MILSATCOM Architecture. A brief overview of different space architectures, applicability of different orbits architectures to MILSATCOM and the system architecture needed to exploit multiple satellite architectures. A possible future EC vision, recommendations for further study, and the user implications

Rick Greenwood, VP Engineering and Operations CIS Satcom, Airbus Defence and Space, UK

14:15

Game Changer Cyber – Towards new Economics of Space?

Cyber has emerged as the major enabler of hybrid threats posed by government agencies and non-state actors. Perhaps one of the most challenging of potential scenarios is an opponent’s ability to establish Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) postures, weapons and methods to counter own power projection from accessing and achieving freedom of manoeuvre in key areas. NATO and European Union nations - to include the U.S. - have fallen behind their competitors in the cyber domain, both conceptually and operationally. It is recommended:

  • Armed forces should embrace cyber effects as an integral component of military power.
  • Develop policy guidance to ensure effective use of cyber capabilities.
  • Enhance resilience as a necessary foundation for an effective offensive cyber capability.

Ralph Thiele, President, EuroDefense, Germany

14:45

Military Satcoms - Yesterday's Technology in need of a step-change?

Studies show that military satellite communications services have been growing at ~45% per annum over the past 40 years, and this demand is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Much of this growth has been enabled through increasingly efficient utilization of existing satcom bandwidth and power. Developments in antennas, RF devices, modems, satellites and communications networks have all contributed to this evolution. The continuous challenge to match new Operational Requirements with Procurements now makes it very hard to see how such growth can continue at the required pace. Can existing technologies be developed to meet the expected demand? Or are we at a stage where a step-change in technology, networks and architecture is becoming ever more urgent?

Dr Alan Smith, Fellow, IET, UK

15:15

Refreshments, networking and exhibition

15:45

Mitigating Future Physical Threats in Space – Synthetic Swarm Satellite Systems

The increasing risk of space-debris and the development of autonomous in-orbit servicing capabilities bring a new scale and dimension to the threats to physical assets in space, and it in future it will be no longer sufficient to depend upon highly redundant single assets. This talk describes an alternative swarm-based system architecture designed to deliver secure high-capacity over-the-horizon critical communications services that aims to mitigate against these serious emerging physical threats. The nature of the space-based and ground-based infrastructure will be described, together with the end-user product and service characteristics supported by such a future system.

Paul Febvre, CTO, Satellite Applications Catapult, UK

16:15

Panel Discussion: UK’s sovereign Milsatcoms infrastructure - ensuring a seamless transition from Skynet 5 to 6 from the user perspective

The Skynet 6 program is packaged into three elements: the stopgap spacecraft to be built by Airbus, a service delivery package to manage ground operations from 2022 and an enduring capability program to provide future communication system capacity beyond the end of the next decade. What is expected from a new service delivery partner to take over the running of the ground operations from 2022? What is the scope and requirement of the Enduring Capability?

Speakers:

Captain RN David Moody, Deputy Head of Space, HQ Joint Forces Command, MOD, UK
Rick Greenwood, VP Engineering and Operations CIS Satcom, Airbus Defence and Space, UK
Michael Rudd, Head of Telecommunications Strategy, UK Space Agency, UK

16:55

Chairman’s final remarks

17:00

Drinks reception

18:30

Close of event

Programme is correct at time of publication. Topics and speakers are subject to change.

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IET Member - £599
Non-member - £699
Student, Government or Military - £300